Last week, my beautiful friend Margaret came over
and I asked her to model for me in the late afternoon sun.
I did a quick (poorly drawn) color study in about 30 minutes
Today, I set up the study, the image and the panel together.
I blocked in everything in shadow using all values darker than middle grey,
using my color study as a guide
(I draw a line down the center of my pallet
to keep the dark and light values separate.
Once the shadow shapes are all in,
I clean my brushes and start to use white
on the other side.
8 x 10
I took my time with this and made every stroke count.
I only gave myself one stroke per shape.
Color studies done in actual sunlight are invaluable tools
when painting from photos.